Preface – In light of all the debate after the recent “Paris Climate Accord”, I would like to share my 3-part article on the dangers of thinking humans can actually change world climate. As a reminder, I have been and continue to be a strong advocate for good stewardship of the world’s resources. As an architect, I work to reuse and recycle building materials; and I have been a proponent of daylighting and passive solar design for over 45 years.
The Sin of “Man-Made Climate Change” Thinking – Part 1, Setting the Stage
Karl Barth said, “Knowledge is real solely through God’s revelation.” When you think about the meaning of God the Creator, and the story of Creation, as told in the Bible, one must first believe in God to understand and believe what has been written. This is no shallow truth we are talking about; how many “truths” do you know about that have withstood numerous tests over 3000 years? Let’s first look at how we believe in what we each call our own “truth”. We first “decide to believe” in something, then we setup arguments to support our decisions, so our beliefs then become our truths. The atheist first decides that God does not exist, and then sets his arguments to backup that “fact” (as he sees it), all the while ignoring the “messy” physical truths all around him that easily prove that God does exist. And the person that doesn’t believe in God, yet believes in the devil as the supreme power in the Universe, builds his own arguments to fit his beliefs. Admitting the devil was thrown out of heaven and rules over the Earth, they ignore the fact that an even a higher power threw the devil out of heaven in the first place thus having the greater power.
The Creator’s work (the creation) can be understood when you first get some knowledge of the Creator. We see this when we view art and architecture; a better understanding is realized after you first get an understanding of the artist or architect. A great portion of the book, I Am, the Great Creator God, is dedicated toward showing you the reality of God’s Creation. The whole Universe was created by this loving God, and that the Universe did not come into being because some particles of space dust decided to colligate into a planet on their own. To believe some physical law just happened to be there at the right time to do its magic, working by happenstance, is ridiculous. Why would a star, all by itself, decide to blow up to create more debris to make more objects in the Universe? It just does not work that way; there is a Creator’s hand involved.
Karl Barth said:
“It is assuredly a basic error to speak of creation myths. At best a myth may be a parallel to exact science; that is, a myth has to do with viewing what has always existed and will exist. A myth has to do with the mighty problem that at all times propounds itself to man and therefore is timeless, the problem of life and death, of sleep and wakening, of birth and dying, of morning and evening, of day and night, and so on. These are the themes of myth. Myth considers the world as it were from its frontier, but always the world which already exists. There is no creation myth because creation as such is simply not accessible to myth. The Bible speaks in Genesis 1 and 2 of events which lie outside of our historical knowledge. But it speaks upon the basis of knowledge, which is related to history. In fact, the wonderful thing about the biblical creation narratives is that they stand in strict connection with the history of Israel and so with the story of God’s action in the covenant with man. Knowledge of creation IS knowledge of God and consequently knowledge of faith in the deepest and ultimate sense.” (underline added) (Dogmatics in Outline, p. 51)
In summary, when viewed carefully, one cannot gaze on a Wood Duck, a snowflake, a Peacock’s tail, an Atlantic Sundial or a Chambered Nautilus shell, or the human body machine and not see a most unbelievable design. Couple what you physically see with the three Laws of Thermodynamics, and you simply must come to the conclusion that all that is…is God created. It is not happenstance. It is not by some evolutionary engine that things simply “become”. God is a wonderfully creative creator; and we are each an individual creation, intimately created out of love as an individual “work of art”.
The Sin of “Man-Made Climate Change” Thinking – Part 2, YOU are NOT God!
In Part One of this string of 3 posts, I mentioned facts about how we are indeed “works of art”…we are God’s “poem”…the best words in the best order is a poem, that is what we are. Because we are loved so much by God, to be so wonderfully created (Ps. 139:14), that we have also been given a gift of choice to accept or reject the God that created you. There is actually a great deal of love in this gift of choice, for what lover would put his beloved in chains, to be a puppet, to control every action and thought? There are no strings on you! You are not in prison chains…you can decide what to believe, wrong or otherwise.
So, you are free to reject God even though the blood of Jesus Christ redeemed you (paid the price for your sins), you can reject His divinity, and His being sovereign over all. You are free to become your own god. Become your own god? Yes, that is exactly what you are doing when you believe you can control the natural forces on Earth…that YOU believe YOU can affect the whole planet in some manner. How arrogant of you to believe such nonsense! For to have such a belief of global impact is to place yourself above all nature…to make yourself as powerful as God. If you are having trouble with this line of thinking, it shall become clear in Part 3 of this series of posts.
Everyone wants to believe they are important, that they have value and can contribute something to the “Play of Life on Planet Earth”. As Robin Williams said to the boys in “Dead Poet’s Society”, what will your one verse be? I am no different. That is why I write these posts on two blogs, write articles and books, I care. I don’t advertise. I don’t make any money. I care to reach out to others as a teacher because I feel called to do so. As you can with God, you are free to reject what I have say, but I only ask one thing of you. Put aside your pre-conceived notions and at least ponder briefly on the truth I wish to share with you. Only for this one reason – one day you will be asked to give an account of your life…what will you say?
Will you confess to following a lie at the expense of human lives? Will you arrogantly say that I have so much effect on the world that I could melt global ice caps? In fact, I am so important I can actually make one ice cap shrink and make the other one grow! Wow! If true, I could only say…You must be God to do that!
The Sin of “Man-Made Climate Change” Thinking – Part 3, It Is About Control Over People!
Despite all the decades of so-called scientific alarmists spouting the on-coming dangers if we don’t change our ways, nothing has ever come to pass…no raising oceans, no ice ages. The broadcasts of global warming circled the planet and blamed everything on the warming…problem was…there was never any warming. The “science” was only computer modeling, and as we all know “garbage in – garbage out”. When the false science was exposed, the broadcasts of doom changed to “climate change”. The problem now was that term didn’t blame mankind to whom they wanted to place blame. When you blame someone for an action, then you can control that person…this is the true goal of the liberals, control of the masses. The term was changed to “man-made climate change.” Dumb-down the population, remove common sense, and make all things relative, and now you have a setting whereby lazy people will accept stupid ideas. Man-made climate change reeks of absolutely zero common sense; anyone with half a brain should be able to reason through this to realize it to be completely without any merit whatsoever!
I only need one example, though there have been hundreds since we have been recording history. The Native Americans called it “Smoking Mountain”; we call it Mt. Saint Helens. There was a major eruption in 1800, and minor eruptions in 1898, 1903, and 1932; but through all this the mountain was a beautiful scenic peaceful area; that is until 1980. A huge eruption, like thousands before since the world was formed, blew the top 1300 vertical feet off the summit. The direct blast covered 230 square miles and blew 540 million tons of ash 12 miles into the air. How can that be equaled by all the industry on the planet, all the cow farts on the planet, all the lawn mowers and cars on the planet? Today…Mt. Saint Helens has recovered as it always has…on its own…because all of nature is created by God, and God said it was good. All of mankind on the planet together does not have a power to equal the blast of the 1980 Mt. Saint Helens eruption to instill global climate change. The belief that mankind is that powerful is to make him like God.
The environmental extremists have re-created a gnostic form of religion. The environmental movement, now its own religion, is one whose roots are firmly planted in ancient gnosis that set the Creator-God as being evil and at best incompetent. By removing God from being Creator of all creation, one could now focus on knowledge as being the saving act. You see, if you believe the world is evil then it was the result of being formed by an evil God; for the Gnostic it was material things that were evil, but it is their personal knowledge that would be the saving power. The environmental scientists don’t need facts anymore, all they need is their knowledge to computer model the future of the planet.
Philip Lee writes in “Against The Protestant Gnostics”, on page 16, “The fundamental problem between biblical faith and gnostic faith begins with two different world views. Biblical faith insists that the Creation is well made. Christianity affirms with Judaism that ‘in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good.’” Continuing, Lee writes, “…Gnosticism simply cannot endorse that positive vision of the Creation.” This is why liberals fight against any idea of God Creation, and so grossly endorse evolution as the prime mover. Lee continues saying, “The basic issue is clear: Gnosticism must deny any direct link between the Creation and God.”
Here is where the environmental religion becomes the evil force; instead of preaching that we should all be good stewards of God’s creation (something I firmly endorse and practice), the environmental extremists first take God out of the picture with the false doctrine of evolution, then they empower themselves in believing they can manipulate God’s creation thus making themselves equal to God. It is pantheistic at best!
Written by Haven D. Mankin and originally published in the “I Am, the Great Creator God” blog in July and August of 2015.